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The City Council Monday delayed the appointment of a new city manager.

According to city Personnel Officer Dawn Fairbanks, negotiations are continuing with Matthew W. Coppler, a search committee's choice from among 23 applicants.

Coppler, in his mid-30s, is administrator in Louisville, Ohio, a small city near Cleveland. Fairbanks said the Council may approve the appointment Thursday after further discussions with Coppler.

Monday's regular session was interrupted by a two-hour executive meeting about two controversial issues. One has to do with the sale of Genesee Country Mall properties taken over last year by the city in tax-foreclosure proceedings.

Officials of United Memorial Medical Center have strongly objected to the "competition," noting that radiology services -- proposed by a Rochester physician, Dr. Mitchell Chess -- would cut into the hospital's operating income.

The other issue deals with the city's participation in a Genesee County water-distribution system. The Council last month approved the proposal, but the deciding vote in a 5-4 outcome was cast via phone by Council Member Christine M. Fix, who was ill. Some people have questioned the legality of that vote and have asked for a revote.

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